The Casque Isles Trail is a signed and groomed trail that offers incredible vista views of Northern Ontario and Lake Superior for hikers to enjoy!
The trail begins in Rossport, passes through Schreiber and  concludes in Terrace Bay, for a total length of 53 km. The trail follows the shoreline of Lake Superior, hopping from bay to bay, and is divided into five segments, each with its own unique wilderness experience and access point.
The Casque Isles Trail is part of the Voyageur Hiking Trail, an association of trails between Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

1. MCLEANS SEGMENT 12 km  Segment Time: 4 – 5hrs  Access: Rossport Wardrope Park; Sox Lake Road; & Rainbow Falls Provincial Park.  Highlights: Rainbow Falls; Terrace Heights Lookout; Rossport Heights Lookout; raised beaches; glacial erratics; interesting and varied geography; runs north of C.P. Rail line with good views of Lake Superior.  Suitable for children accompanied by adults.

2. SCHREIBER CHANNEL SEGMENT 13 kmSegment Time: 5 – 6hrs  Access: Schreiber Beach (follow Isbester Dr.) & Hwy. 17 at Rainbow Falls Provincial Park.  Highlights: Twin Harbours, “Hanging” lake and lookout, Flint Island, Winston Point Lookout, Selim Lookout, glacial floats, stromatolites near Flint Island.  Suitable for children accompanied by adults.  Several great lookouts.

3. MOUNT GWYNNE SEGMENT 6 km Segment Time: 3 – 4 hrs  Access: Worthington Bay Rd.; Winnipeg St South, Schreiber (near Waste Plant); Schreiber Beach from Isbester Drive.  Highlights: Indian Pictographs, Mount Gwynne Lookout (900 ft or 260 m above Lake Superior), Abyond Lookout, Fourth Lake.

4. DEATH VALLEY SEGMENT 10 kmSegment Time: 6 – 7 hrs  Access: Hydro Bay W Cottage Rd. off Hwy. 17 (7 km E of Schreiber) & Worthington Bay Rd. (4.5km E of Schreiber).  Highlights: wilderness area, Les Petits Ecrits, Tombolo, Seiche, Indian Pictographs from parking lot to Worthington Bay Rd. – 3 km (60 min walk) 4X4 road only.  Caution – most rugged section of trail.  Not recommended for children under 10.  The name, “Death Valley‟ refers to the ease with which Ojibwe perched on the rim of surrounding hills to shoot moose and caribou below.

5. LYDA BAY SEGMENT 6 km Segment Time: 3 – 4 hrs  Access: Terrace Bay Beach; Aguasabon Gorge parking lot; Hydro Rd. S. (4 km W of Terrace Bay). Highlights: raised bolder beaches, Lyda Bay Lookout (200 ft above Lake Superior).  Most popular section used frequently by locals. Children under 10 should be accompanied by adults.  Very photogenic.  Shallow bays pleasant for wading.

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We would also direct you to read our DISCLAIMER and our TRAIL USERS CODE.

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CASQUES ILES TRAIL characteristics

Length: 53 km.
Difficulty: Difficult (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Boardwalks, Natural, and Rock
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Not wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: None

Attractions: Boardwalk, lookout, waterfall, panoramic view, pictographs

Matt Borutski at (807) 229-6454

Find it: Western access is just east of Rossport at Rossport Roadside Park on Highway 17.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 48.8365100
Longitude: -87.5067700


Photo credits:

Don Knight